Query Letter #51
Title: MOONSTONE: MERLIN'S DAUGHTER
Genre: middle grade fiction
Attn. Ms. LaPolla,
Twelve-year old Jess has heard of Merlin, but she'd rather read about horses than King Arthur. If you told her she’d be torn away from a backpacking trip in California and flung into the aftermath of a spell cast by Merlin’s son, she'd look at you like you were crazy. If you said she'd be stuck on this adventure with her little sister and a teenage boy, you'd see the biggest eye-roll ever. The part about getting lost in a strange world where she'd have to battle monsters would get her attention though. She acts tough, but Jess would rather eat sand than take a risk.
From a granite slab where she's hanging out, Jess is transported to an ancient alter. She wakes up next to her sister Piper and a teenage boy named Will, who joined them just before they vanished. Standing stones surround them, but Jess is pretty sure they're not in England when they're attacked by strange wolves, stumble on Moonstone Castle and discover a society where the adults have been spirited away.
Teenage girls, led by a teen queen named Morgan, have taken over the stone fortress and forced the boys into servitude. Jess makes friends with an outcast named Sela and things are fine until Aisling, a black stallion coveted by Morgan, chooses Jess as a companion. Morgan exiles Jess and her friends to the mountains.
Sela admits that she’s Merlin’s daughter and that her brother took a magic stone California, where Jess found it and a second stone to King Arthur’s England, where Morgan stole it. The friends face a series of adventures as they search for the missing third stone that will take them to Merlin.
MERLIN’S DAUGHTER is complete at 41,500 words.